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  • Oh my! Your video! Anyway, I have the yarn in hand for the KAL, so maybe I will join in this week…..feeling like I should finish a project or two (!) first though – oh the guilt!

  • Hopefully the yarn arrives tomorrow. Love the Instagram shot!

  • Last night it was fortunate that I don’t knit as fast as you. After 2 hours I wasn’t nearly as far along as you were when I took a short break to read some ravelry comments ( they’re quite addictive) and realized I had forgotten the extra steek stitch. So, with a heavy heart I ripped back to the cast on before heading to bed. Tonight will be ‘starting the sweater, take two.’

  • I’m knitting the size XL and each round takes about 6 minutes. Yes, I timed it.

    • This is the kind of documentation I totally love. I’m going to calculate SPM (stitches per minute) and SCPH (squares of chocolate per hour) while making my Stopover.

      • SCPH. Hey, what is the Mason Dixon official chocolate? I remember an official cookie – Girl Scout Thin Mints – was voted in a wheelchair back. If there is an official chocolate, I’m hoping it will be available throughout the year….

  • FYI:
    Reykjavik: Red Cross Thrift Shop. There are several Icelandic sweaters for sale (all of which look gorgeous ) in children’s sizes. I saw the picture last night in Facebook, on the page of a closed group called Yarners. I was not able to share it.

    LoveDiane

  • My yarn came yesterday. Hurray. Swatched last night and got gauge (after it was washed) which kind of scared me a little. I don’t trust it. Cast on this morning. Am already in love. Happy Groundhog Day!

  • I am late to EVERYTHING. Headed to cafe to swatch now. For an entirely different sweater but one which I still hope to BANG OUT.

  • I am starting again this morning after realizing my gauge was not correct. Take 2!!!

  • Whew! Mail lady was late yesterday but did arrive around 3PM with my knitting needles!!! (rural area) Grabbed them and started. Was able to get to the point to start the decreases. Loving my color choices and off to a jolly good start.

  • Checked out Instagram photos-who are the awesome overachievers with fair isle sleeves and nearly complete sweaters?? Must be the same people who are finished with Christmas 2016 shopping. Congrats on your talented efforts!

  • That video of you & Ann never gets old! And I have no clue of the sing or people you’re parodying. It’s that good!

    I also thoroughly enjoyed your periscope video w Carrie. Why? Bec you were so giddy with excitement. And also bec you & Ann know how to make the mundane fascinating & funny. Happy knitting!

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  • That would be “song” or people….

    I can’t knit like yawl but I do know basic English. Well, most of the time.

  • Olive is adorable in her very own Stopover. My 4-legged child says the outfit he was born in (double layer terrier fur) is sufficient so I’ll work on a hat until my yarn arrives.

  • When my arm got tired last night from knitting, I went to bed and started thinking about Icelandic sweaters and how I didn’t really know anything about them. The next thing I knew, I was reading, and then buying a book by Vedis Somebody’sdottir, and then looking up patterns in Ravelry….now an Icelandic tunic pattern is waiting in my queue.

  • The Instagram pictures are so much fun. I am not participating AT THIS TIME but when I do finally knit this sweater I will be eternally grateful for the collective experience.

    RE: time per round, etc. This sounds like Data Collection. No doubt someone is warming up an Excel spreadsheet with all kinds of possible statistical analyses….a FitBit for knitters could be the next big thing! Keep track of your knitting electronically and download it to a program! I would be the last person to use it but some genius out there could surely make it work.

  • I’m with you in spirit, pounding out a “Snow White” pullover by Ysolda Teague in Shepherds Wool. I hope to wear it to a wedding on Feb. 13, and also have an incentive to work quickly so I can wear it a few times before spring arrives in Tallahassee.

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  • Brilliant idea to keep track of the hours. Haven’t started my sweater yet, but I’m still having fun!

  • Hey! That’s my coil of cast-on in the instagram collage! I feel so honored! (And called my mom, lol).

  • Some notes on knitting with plotolopi, a great favorite of mine.
    1. Pulling the yarn gently from the center of the cake will result in less breakage.
    2. The cakes, especially when not a lot of yarn has been removed from the center, do not lend themselves to being stuffed into project bags or generally moved around. One of those plastic ice cream tubs or a large tupperware container makes a great holder for a cake and helps to minimize breakage. [BTW I don’t bother to spit splice; just overlapping for 2 or 3 sts works fine.]
    3. If knitting with a single strand of plotolopi, I would use a double strand on the thumb side of longtail CO. Lopi, with its very long fiber length, as a great deal of integrity when knitted into a fabric, but the edges get a lot of “abuse.” Not suitable for this project, but I-cord edges are very durable.
    4. Ribbings in lopi yarns tend to not hold their shape well as the wool has little recovery/elasticity. If your ribbing looks loose to you, go down a needle size.
    5. I personally prefer to knit plotolopi on #5’s and #7’s but my Icelandic friend told me that she has knitted it on #10’s as this pattern is written for.
    6. Plotolopi is especially delicate when wet. The above-mentioned friend told me to soak the garment for not more than 10 minutes; my new lopi book says no more than TWO minutes.
    7. Putting hair conditioner (I don’t rinse the Eucalan remnants out first), fabric softener or vinegar into final rinse water will help to soften the lopi. It also becomes softer with wear.

    • Wow, thanks for this Clip & Save, D Louise.

  • Wait, we’re supposed to clock our time? Too late! I have no idea how much time I spent knitting today, but I’m just past the waist decreases. Some of my knitting was in big whacks, and some in less than a minute. I may have knitted at a couple stoplights today. I’m obsessed! (No worries, I don’t need to look at my knitting, so I was paying attention to the signal. If I did knit at a stoplight. Ahem.)

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  • A “What I call” Knit-A-Long!

    • Everyone calls it that Mary

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  • Can’t wait to try this. Need to learn continental knitting

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